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For the most part children love to get involved in science and all that it has to offer. It can show your child how they can work on their critical thinking skills, build their awareness of the world, and how they can use science in real life. It’s amazing to have a science lover living in your home!
To show you how to raise a science lover, here are some tips from this private school in Middlesex.
Show your child what’s around them
If your child shows particular interest in something, then show them the features and benefits of these things and relate them back to science. It could be something quite simple like a TV for example, that still requires a lot of technology and improvements to keep up with the latest trends. A popular one could be showing your child how a car works on a basic level when they’re playing with their toys or hopping into their child seat. A lot of your child’s toys will involve science to some degree, so use that to your advantage.
Take them for a walk and ask them what they can see
You could make it a challenge to see what your child can find that relates to science that they spot on their walk. Trees, plants and birds are always about on a walk, so use them as prompts to get your child thinking. At the playground, ask what your child’s favourite part of the park is - whether it’s the slide or climbing frame - and show them what goes on to make these parts of the park a reality. The good thing is that 99% of what we see around us has to involve some form of science, so bringing it outside demonstrates how much is out there to your child’s mind.
Play plenty of games
Science-related games are never in short supply and can range from video games right through to board games or games you can make up in a spare 10 minutes. Jenga tests a person’s ability to balance other blocks, with science snap testing a child’s skills in memorising words and what they relate to. Interactive multiplayer games such as the classic Cribbage are also known to enhance motor and cognitive skills.
You could make it more interactive by baking a cake together and giving them quick tasks to do, like timing how fast they can whisk eggs up, or binding ingredients. Another activity you can try could be a drawing exercise where your child has to draw a butterfly or another bug they find in your garden within 5 minutes.